Course Description


This course will study the international oil and gas business, a business that must be uniquely concerned with both public and private international law, as well as domestic law of the business entity’s home state, the host government, and, oftentimes, a third country. We will study sovereign rights to minerals, including disputes that arise between neighboring countries regarding boundary disputes. Then we will study the various types of host government contracts used by various countries to assign development rights to private companies, including how such rights are acquired, and study how disputes between a private company and host government are resolved. We will also look at contracts between private companies engaged in exploration and production operations. We will also study crude oil and gas marketing.

Specific Subject Areas:

  • Host Government Sovereignty
  • Business Licensing Law
  • Host Government Contracts
  • Production Sharing Agreements
  • Royalty-Tax License Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Risk Service Contracts
  • Bidding and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Joint Operating Agreements
  • Service Contracts
  • Lifting and Marketing Agreements
  • Government Compliance (emphasis on avoiding corrupt practices)
  • Negotiating and Drafting Contracts


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